Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners


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What is a rich problem?

The problem offers multiple entry points over a range of readiness levels, allowing most students to be successful.

The problem is approachable through a variety of learning styles –– visual/spatial, analytical, kinesthetic, etc.

The problem invites multiple solution strategies.

The problem invites multiple representations: manipulatives, tables/lists, diagrams, graphs, math models (equations).

The problem can be used to introduce new skills and concepts and give meaning to them.

The problem involves meaningful math content –– rich in concepts and connections and providing a foundation for future mathematics.

The problem invites higher order thinking.

The problem facilitates the development of mathematical language and discourse.

The problem is presented in a context that is interesting and engaging to students and that allows them to make use of prior knowledge and experiences.

The problem offers opportunities for collaboration.

The problem provides opportunity for practice with important skills and procedures.

The problem has potential for reflections, extensions, and further questions.

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